South Carolina & Georgia 2-8-0 "Consolidation" Locomotives in the USA

Class Details by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media

Class 56 (Locobase 3288)

Data from Railroad Gazette (22 April 1898). B Rumary's summary of Richmond production, supplied by Allen Stanley in March 2004, shows these locomotives to have been works #2765-2769.

Designed to the specifications of JH Sands, the SC&G's general manager, these compounds were claimed to be hauling almost twice the train of that pulled by simple-expansion contemporaries on the railroad. Railroad Gazette noted that indicator cards, "taken while the new engines were hauling maximum loads and working compound, show a very even distribution of the work done in the high and low-pressure cylinders."

Principal Dimensions by Steve Llanso of Sweat House Media
Locobase ID3288
RailroadSouth Carolina & Georgia
Number in Class6
Road Numbers56-60
Number Built6
Valve GearStephenson
Locomotive Length and Weight
Driver Wheelbase (ft / m)15.42 / 4.70
Engine Wheelbase (ft / m)23.50 / 7.16
Ratio of driving wheelbase to overall engine wheebase 0.66
Overall Wheelbase (engine & tender) (ft / m)49 / 14.94
Axle Loading (Maximum Weight per Axle) (lbs / kg)
Weight on Drivers (lbs / kg)133,000 / 60,328
Engine Weight (lbs / kg)150,000 / 68,039
Tender Loaded Weight (lbs / kg)85,000 / 38,555
Total Engine and Tender Weight (lbs / kg)235,000 / 106,594
Tender Water Capacity (gals / ML)
Tender Fuel Capacity (oil/coal) (gals/tons / ML/MT)
Minimum weight of rail (calculated) (lb/yd / kg/m)55 / 27.50
Geometry Relating to Tractive Effort
Driver Diameter (in / mm)56 / 1422
Boiler Pressure (psi / kPa)200 / 13.80
High Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)23" x 26" / 584x660 (1)
Low Pressure Cylinders (dia x stroke) (in / mm)35" x 26" / 889x660 (1)
Tractive Effort (lbs / kg)29,161 / 13227.22
Factor of Adhesion (Weight on Drivers/Tractive Effort) 4.56
Heating Ability
Firebox Area (sq ft / m2)177 / 16.45
Grate Area (sq ft / m2)31.50 / 2.93
Evaporative Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)2281 / 211.99
Superheating Surface (sq ft / m2)
Combined Heating Surface (sq ft / m2)2281 / 211.99
Evaporative Heating Surface/Cylinder Volume364.88
Computations Relating to Power Output (More Information)
Robert LeMassena's Power Computation6300
Same as above plus superheater percentage6300
Same as above but substitute firebox area for grate area35,400
Power L14082
Power MT270.65

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